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Developer to self-build 900-home Manchester masterplan

Developer Belgravia Living Group has outlined plans to self-build parts of its 900-home masterplan at Manchester’s Piccadilly Basin. 

The firm plans to act as principal contractor on its first project, Eider House on Ducie Street, through its in-house construction arm Belgravia Living (Construction).

Belgravia Living Group is a joint venture between Leeds-based developer Town Centre Securities and builder and developer GMI.

GMI Construction is already on site at the first phase of the development plan: the SimpsonHaugh-designed Burlington House, an 11-storey residential scheme.

Burlington House was backed by a £9.7m loan from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Greater Manchester Housing Fund last year.

Further phases of Belgravia’s development plan in the Piccadilly Basin, which will provide 900 homes, will also be built by Belgravia’s in-house construction arm.

The developer’s planning documents for the scheme said: “It is intended that future phases of Belgravia Living development as part of Piccadilly Basin will be developed through additional wholly owned subsidiaries and constructed by the construction [firm].”

The Eider House project (pictured), which has been designed by architects Cartwright Pickard, sits on a 0.32 ha site bordered by Ducie Street to the south and the Rochdale canal towpath to the north.

It includes two linked buildings ranging between eight and 10 storeys in height and will provide 119 private rented apartments and nine townhouses, alongside public realm linking Ducie Street to the canal towpath.

Plans were submitted for the project late last month, and Belgravia plans to start on site in late 2017 subject to planning approval, with a completion date of summer 2019.

Eider House also sits adjacent to the proposed Dakota hotel: a 137-bedroom, nine-storey development which is also being built by GMI Construction.

Plans for the hotel were approved last month. 

The masterplan for Piccadilly Basin also includes 370,000 sq ft of office space, retail space and leisure across a 5.2 ha site, which sits between the city’s Piccadilly station and Great Ancoats Street.

Piccadilly is due to a be a major focus of regeneration in the city with developer U+I planning an £850m regeneration of the Mayfield site just behind the train station.

GMI has been contacted for comment.

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